All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on March 7, 2019
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Monica Horn, RN Finding Strength, Sharing Strength Today we celebrate women who tear down walls, face challenges head-on and push boundaries in their field of expertise and beyond. They are mentors, advocates, leaders and healers who work passionately to create hope and... Read More
Published on March 7, 2019
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Mona Patel, MD Driven to Effect Change We celebrate women who tear down walls, face challenges head-on and push boundaries in their field of expertise and beyond. They are mentors, advocates, leaders and healers who work passionately to create hope and build healthier... Read More
Published on March 7, 2019
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Joyce Javier, MD Supporting Vulnerable Communities Today we celebrate women who tear down walls, face challenges head-on and push boundaries in their field of expertise and beyond. They are mentors, advocates, leaders and healers who work passionately to create hope and... Read More
Published on March 1, 2019
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When blood flow is blocked in the brain, a small portion of brain tissue starves and dies – this is known as a stroke. By the time a patient with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is 30 years old, he or she has a 50% chance of having a stroke. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles physician... Read More
Published on February 28, 2019
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What caused a young girl’s liver and kidney disease? The mystery continues as her doctors plan for a transplant of both organs. By Jeff Weinstock Rachel Lestz, MD, not one to mince words or to conserve them, is abruptly stuck in a pause, halfway between a plausible... Read More
Published on February 22, 2019
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By Katie Sweeney The new heart was on its way down from the helipad. At the same time, Cynthia Herrington, MD, was carefully removing Ruben’s old heart from his chest. It was a heart she had seen before—she had operated on it when Ruben, now 2, was just a few days old. She... Read More
Published on February 21, 2019
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Young Charlie is living a full life—with half a heart By Matt Villano  Considering the amount of love in his life, considering how much he seems to enjoy every moment with his siblings and parents, it’s hard to believe 8-month-old Charlie was born with half a heart. The... Read More
Published on February 15, 2019
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By Bhavana Arora, MD, Medical Director CHLA Health Network   Parents of teenagers can feel like they’re constantly fighting for their kids’ attention. The competition? Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.   Consider this: Today’s teens do not know a world without smartphones... Read More
Published on February 14, 2019
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How a fish smaller than a pinky finger holds big clues to saving heartsWhat do zebrafish and newborn babies have in common? Both are small, yet hold vast potential for the future. But these two organisms are more intertwined than you might think.Ching-Ling (Ellen) Lien, PhD, of... Read More
Published on February 11, 2019
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Scientists pinpoint a set of genes that may wire the body weight center of the brainEating and exercise have the power to shape our bodies but those activities are controlled by hard-wired circuits in the brain. This means that when these neural circuits are developing is a... Read More
Published on February 7, 2019
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With autism diagnoses on the rise, science is on the hunt for answers. New research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles uses advanced imaging techniques to uncover some clues.Each year, one in 59 children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a condition that impacts... Read More
Published on February 4, 2019
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Bayanihan is a Filipino term that means working together in the community to accomplish a difficult task. It is a generation ago. A young girl named Joyce was born in Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles – where many immigrants from the Philippines often first settle. Her... Read More
Published on January 30, 2019
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By Michael Y. Park It seems like the magic of the moment sweeps up Eliana, unannounced, at key instances in her life. Last year it happened at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Gala, when she was brought onstage by none other than musician, producer and music mogul... Read More
Published on January 24, 2019
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By Katie Sweeney This is a story about Kalea and Noah—two siblings who are also best friends. Best, best friends.      “Oh my gosh, they are completely best friends,” says their mom, Nohea. “From the beginning, their personalities complemented each other perfectly.”     ... Read More
Published on January 17, 2019
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The effects of childhood cancer seemed destined to thwart Alberto’s brilliance at the piano, until he was introduced to a university engineering professor who had an idea. By Jeff Weinstock Of the two ways to get on Alberto’s good side, the more obvious one is to stand to... Read More
Published on January 9, 2019
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CHLA’s Dr. Bradley Peterson weighs in on what it takes to develop a human brain In a public town-hall style event, CHLA’s Dr. Bradley Peterson spoke amongst a panel of early childhood specialists. The event was organized by KPCC In Person and hosted by Priska Neely, who covers... Read More
Published on January 2, 2019
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Cell phones are small but mighty. They’re essentially fully functional computers that fit in our back pockets. But if our phone stops working, we don’t know how to fix it ourselves – we take it to a specialist. Luckily, there is a standardized template for how it is supposed to... Read More
Published on December 20, 2018
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Actually, it can hide. CHLA’s Yong-Mi Kim tells us exactly how leukemia burrows within bone marrow, where it is shielded from cancer treatments. But given Kim’s breakthrough research on acute lymphoblastic leukemia, it won’t be able to hide forever.Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (... Read More
Published on December 19, 2018
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The holidays are here which means your kids may be home from daycare or school. Here are some ways from our Rehabilitation and Audiology team to keep your children occupied, entertained, and active while working toward building motor skills and promoting language.  
Published on December 10, 2018
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Emmy Award-winning writer, director and producer Ryan Murphy is known for championing underrepresented groups in Hollywood, such as women, people of color and the LGBTQ community. In his personal life, too, Murphy channels his energy into causes that impact the lives of others.... Read More

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